Long stretches of open highways in Oklahoma create an enjoyable spot for motorcyclists. But a motorcycle accident can turn a peaceful ride into a nightmare. Motorcycle accidents lead to injuries and fatalities every year in the United States.
Motorcyclists are particularly at risk for the following injuries:
Foot, knee and leg injuries occur during motorcycle accidents. When you’re riding a motorcycle, your legs are vulnerable to damage. There is a high risk of sustaining broken legs, deep cuts, fractured bones, broken ankles or knees and severe bruises. Consider wearing protective gear such as knee pads, pants made of thick material or motorcycle boots.
Head trauma is one of the deadliest injuries a motorcyclist can sustain. A hit to the head can cause a concussion, a traumatic brain injury or a cracked skull.
Spinal cord injuries
Injuries to the spine and back occur when a rider is thrown from the motorcycle. These injuries can cause slipped discs and broken bones. Spinal cord damage can also lead to paralysis or loss of sensation.
Road rash occurs when a motorcyclist is thrown from the bike and slides on the pavement during an accident, resulting in cuts, bruises and scrapes. This skin can also become infected or suffer long-lasting skin irritation. A severe case of road rash can even lead to nerve damage.
Internal injuries occur inside the body. Organ damage, internal bleeding or damage to the chest and stomach are possible. Internal damage often hurts but sometimes goes unnoticed for days or weeks after the accident.
Motorcycles provide less protection than other vehicles. That means motorcyclists are at greater risk for damage during an accident. Protective gear – such as a helmet – is available for motorcyclists. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that motorcycle helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%. Motorcyclists are urged to wear protective gear when riding.